“By shifting from should to could, and exercise to movement, then you are sending a new signal to your brain”
When someone says the word exercise, what is your immediate reaction? Is it a feeling of dread or something you actually look forward to doing? Many people have a love-hate relationship with the idea of exercise — they know they need to do it, but it may not be something they really want to do.
What if it didn’t have to be that way? What if by changing your thoughts about exercise, then it could actually be an activity that you look forward to doing? Dare I say, even love it? Yes, it is possible to love it!
Maybe it is as simple as shifting your vocabulary. Change the word “exercise” to movement, and the other word shift is from “should” to “could.” Anytime we “should” ourselves, then we are immediately casting a judgement on something we’re not doing right, and it gets more difficult to get out of this space. When you feel you should do something, there is an immediate push-pull triggering a fight between what you want to do vs. what you think you should do. Sure, sometimes they may align, but not always.
By shifting from should to could, and exercise to movement, then you are sending a new signal to your brain, which may just change how you feel about doing some physical activity.
However you choose to label it, physical activity is good for you – in mind, body, and soul. You will sleep better, improve your mood, boost your immunity and your heart health. There are countless benefits to exercise. Oh, and guess what? It helps your waistline too!!
Another added bonus is that you don’t have to do it solo. In fact, getting a workout partner creates accountability, which will further ensure you move your body. What if your workout partner could be your child or children? They love to move!!
When you get your kids involved in movement, then everyone’s mood improves. You are all working together to better your own health and wellbeing, and that of your family. Exercise doesn’t have to be hours long in order to be effective, and if you can’t spring for a gym membership, then no worries there either. The recommendation is 30 minutes a day, 5x/week. It’s important to note though that if you can’t get in 30 minutes at once, then by all means, spread it out throughout your day. This is not an all or nothing approach. If you only have five minutes, then by all means, use those five minutes.
A few ways to incorporate movement into your day, and get the kids to join in the fun are:
Taking a walk
One of my personal favorites, and my kids too, is an all-out dance party! Pump up the tunes and dance, dance, dance! Remember, don’t say to yourself, “I should have a dance party.” Instead, simply commit to doing it, tell your kids for accountability (because you know they won’t let you forget that), and then do it!!